FloTrack Throwdown Men's Mile Stock Report




Pat Casey and Garrett Heath are going in different directions heading into the Throwdown

With just one week until the inaugural FloTrack Throwdown in Portland, Oregon on August 8th, it’s time to break down one of our most intriguing races of the meet: the men’s mile. 
 
No event captures the imagination of American distance fans more than the four-lapper, as the mile is the great equalizer among mid-distance and distance athletes. 800 specialists and 5k runners can meet in the middle with the mile, because the race is like a tug-of-war between speed and strength. It’s also the perfect race to pique the interest of new track fans, because let’s be honest, what’s the one question that non-track people always ask distance runners?
 
How fast can you run a mile? 
 
We here at FloTrack are posing that question to some of America’s finest pros, and we’re super pumped about the rare opportunity for these athletes to run a domestic mile this late in the season. 
 
The atmosphere at Duniway Park next Saturday is going to be just like the European races that these athletes travel to each summer, minus the long flight across the pond and the language barrier. There’s gonna be beer, loud music, and exciting activities all around the track, not to mention fantastic pacing with perfect weather conditions. 
 
Many of these athletes have set their PRs in Europe, and it’s no coincidence that they’ve done so with passionate fans and other entertainment going on during the meet. Just looking at this men’s mile at the Throwdown, the big names in the field have all set their 1500 PRs in Europe. 
 
Enough ranting, it’s time to analyze this race. To do that, I’ve put together a stock report to assess where the contenders are at heading into this rare domestic mile. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’s gonna Throwdown? Let’s take a look:  
 

David Torrence, Hoka One One

Finish at USAs: 5th in 5,000m
Status: Stock Up
Reason: Just won silver at Pan Ams
 
The 29-year-old Torrence is a favorite in the Throwdown mile not only because of his 3:52 PR, but because he enters Portland riding a wave of confidence after finishing a close 2nd to Juan Luis Barrios in the Pan Ams 5,000m. Torrence beat Garrett Heath and Cam Levins in that tactical race, showing that he’s very sharp this late in the season. Torrence hasn’t run incredibly fast times in 2015, but his silver in Toronto combined with his 5th place finish at USAs prove that he’s ready to change that in Portland. 
 

Jordan McNamara, Nike OTC

Finish at USAs: 10th in 1,500m
Status: Stock Down 
Reason: Inconsistency
 
No one would deny that J-Mac is one of the most dangerous names in this race, and when he’s truly on he can be very tough to beat. It’s been a bumpy summer for McNamara, however, and 28-year-old enters Portland fresh off a 4:09 last place finish in the Morton Games mile. For a guy that’s run 3:52, 4:09 is an outlier, but McNamara will need get things right in a hurry if he wants to hang with this deep field next weekend. 
 

Garrett Heath, Brooks Beasts

Finish at USAs: 4th in 5,000m
Status: Stock Up
Reason: Consistency
 
Garrett Heath was excruciatingly close to making his first World team last month at USAs, finishing just .07 seconds behind Galen Rupp for fourth place in the 5,000m. While that was likely tough to swallow, Heath has had a very solid 2015 across a range of distances, running 3:34 for 1500, 7:37 over 3,000m and 13:16 in the 5k. Given those times, his 3:53 PR could come tumbling down next Saturday. 

Remember when Evan Jager ran 3:32 at the Portland Track Festival in June? Well, that wouldn't have happened without Heath running very aggressively from the front and setting the tone in that race. His fearlessness makes him a co-favorite with Torrence next weekend. 

Portland Track Festival 1500 - Garrett Heath 3:34:


Pat Casey
, Nike OTC

Finish at USAs: 12th in 1,500m
Status: Stock Down
Reason: String of poor performances
 
Before I get into why Casey earned a “stock down” rating, I will say that he did put together a nice showing in the Morton Games mile last week to finish 2nd in 3:57.36, the second-straight year he’s been runner-up in Dublin. In the 2014 race, Casey set his 3:52 PR.
 
The problem is that his good race there came on the heels of several bad ones, as Casey was 12th in the USA 1500, and not much better in his two Euro 1500s, as he was ninth in Budapest and 12th in Heusden. After a 2014 season that saw him finish 2nd at USA’s and break 3:40 seven times, the 25-year-old has only one sub-3:40 to his credit in 2015. 
 
The FloTrack Throwdown is next Saturday, August 8th at Duniway Park in Portland, Oregon. Doors to the event open at 4:00pm PT, with the racing starting at 4:30pm. Come check out a track event unlike any you’ve seen before, and watch America’s finest Throwdown!  BUY TICKETS HERE!

Matthew Centrowitz Moving To D.C., Still With Nike Oregon Project

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Matthew Centrowitz announced on Instagram that he is still with the Nike Oregon Project, but has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500m attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oregon and remained in Oregon for his professional career. 

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp, and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid

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Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal

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Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon

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Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.